Two days left to go …

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Exercise | Posted on 30-05-2010

Weight: 226.5

Today we should be able to get the last of the stuff out of the old apartment and start cleaning. I’ve already cleaned one of the bedrooms and closed it off yesterday.

Despite all the stuff I’ve let go through the years, I still have a lot of stuff. My 5’x5′ storage is about 2/3 full (to the ceiling) and we’re a bit crammed in this 1BR apartment. But it is all good because I will soon be leaving for Los Angeles and following my dreams.

And, of course, all the lugging and heaving and packing and cleaning is giving me a good muscle toning workout. It feels good.

On that note, I’ve been thinking for the past few weeks about taking up some form of martial art not only for exercise but to help me with focus (I have ADD). Maybe it was all those Starman and Japanese monster movies I watched growing up, but I’ve always been fascinated with martial arts. When done by a pro, it is beauty in motion.

However, I’m not sure which one I should choose. I can’t do anything that will be too hard on my back and I can’t do anything too slow because I’m just too impatient. 🙂

I talked with one martial arts expert whom I interviewed for a book I’m writing on public speaking and he suggested I look into Aikido, Chinese Kung Fu or Tai Chi. Aikido looks fun, but I could get hurt if someone throws me to the floor, which I know will happen a lot! Chinese Kung Fu is beautiful to watch but I’m afraid that the total lack of grace I’ve demonstrated when doing my kickboxing workout would make that a laughable adventure. And Tai Chi looks way too slow.

What do you think? Maybe I should give them a go anyway. Do you have any suggestions?

Here are some videos of the three forms I found on YouTube:

Aikido
Chinese Kung Fu
Tai Chi

Sore, Tired But Feeling Stronger

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Emotions, Exercise | Posted on 29-05-2010

Weight: 226.5

We’re now down to the wire in moving out of the old apartment … three days left to clear and clean it out. I’ve been lugging heavy boxes down stairs, to the house, to the storage and have the bruises on my forearms to prove it!

My muscles hurt and I’m looking forward to taking a day off and vegging.

That said, I’m feeling quite strong and energetic for the amount of lugging, hauling, lifting and such (in 90 degree weather, I might add) I’m doing.

Just a couple of months ago, I would not have been able to do this. I would have been huffing and puffing at least twice as much as I am now. So I know that my 25+ pounds lost is making a difference.

Happy, happy good times!

PS: I’m guessing that packing and moving counts as exercise. At least that’s what I’m going to say. 🙂

Yep, It is the carpet

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Exercise | Posted on 24-05-2010

Weight: 229.5
WiiFit Age: 28

I did a little experiment this morning. You see, I just moved from a condo with a tile floor to an apartment with carpeting. I’ve found that since I moved here, my Body Test scores on the WiiFit have dropped. So, I decided to see what would happen if I removed the leg risers that are there to help when you’re using the balance board on carpet.

Without the legs, it said I had lost 4lbs since yesterday.

That didn’t seem right, so I tried it again. Yep, 4lbs.

So I put the legs back on and sure enough, even after three tries … my weight hasn’t changed. Weird, huh?

Anyway, all this moving from one apartment to the other … I’m still packing at the old place and bringing stuff over … has kind of thrown off my exercise schedule and even my mindset.

I think I’ll re-read the lessons again.